Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall By Kazuo Ishiguro, Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall It was our third time playing the Godfather theme since lunch In a sublime short story collection Kazuo Ishiguro explores ideas of love music and the passing of time From the piazzas of Italy to the
  • Title: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
  • Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • ISBN: 9780571245000
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall By Kazuo Ishiguro, It was our third time playing the Godfather theme since lunch In a sublime short story collection, Kazuo Ishiguro explores ideas of love, music and the passing of time From the piazzas of Italy to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the hush hush floor of an exclusive Hollywood hotel, the characters we encounter range from young dreamers to cafe musicians to faded s It was our third time playing the Godfather theme since lunch In a sublime short story collection, Kazuo Ishiguro explores ideas of love, music and the passing of time From the piazzas of Italy to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the hush hush floor of an exclusive Hollywood hotel, the characters we encounter range from young dreamers to cafe musicians to faded stars, all of them at some moment of reckoning.Gentle, intimate and witty, this quintet is marked by a haunting theme the struggle to keep alive a sense of life s romance, even as one gets older, relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede.If you enjoyed Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, you might also like Ishiguro s The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.
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    1. Kazuo Ishiguro

      Kazuo Ishiguro or is a British novelist of Japanese origin and Nobel Laureate in Literature 2017 His family moved to England in 1960 Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master s from the University of East Anglia s creative writing course in 1980 He became a British citizen in 1982 He now lives in London.His first novel, A Pale View of Hills, won the 1982 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize His second novel, An Artist of the Floating World, won the 1986 Whitbread Prize Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel The Remains of the Day His fourth novel, The Unconsoled, won the 1995 Cheltenham Prize His latest novel is The Buried Giant, a New York Times bestseller He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017.His novels An Artist of the Floating World 1986 , When We Were Orphans 2000 , and Never Let Me Go 2005 were all shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.In 2008, The Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945 In 2017, the Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature, describing him in its citation as a writer who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.

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    1. The music of the past will always remain in the past In the future new notes can and will be played Ishiguro explores the themes of love and loss In letting go of the past, one can move forward and embrace new things Getting stuck is detrimental, and sometimes love is forsaken foolishly for the sake of such things So this collection of stories is deep and, at times, deeply moving The first few had a haunting like effect They played on my minds for days, as I imagined what I would do in such a si [...]


    2. I have a problem with Kazuo Ishiguro And my problem with Nocturnes is the same one I had with his last novel, Never Let Me Go I can t figure out why I didn t like it Despite his deceivingly simple prose I am very aware of his tremendous skill I find many of his themes fascinating I am sufficiently interested in his characters to keep on reading I admire his resistance against easy resolutions or explicative characterizations I marvel at his ability to create moments that are truly funny or touc [...]



    3. A nocturne is a composition of a dreamy character, expressive of sentiment appropriate to evening or night Traditionally such nocturnal sentiments include regret, chagrin, melancholy, perhaps a dash of ennui the pastel twilight tones at the lighter end of the spectrum that darken to gloom, rage and black despair Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall is the first collection of short stories by the Japanese English novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro As the subtitle indicates, it is composed of 5 imm [...]


    4. Life s disappointments have never been chronicled in a elegant manner The stories feel like dreams You close your eyes and take the journey, but just when you re about to see the summit, suddenly you re jolted awake to reality filled with a sense of disillusionment and regret Simple, devastating, lingering, it s a pity that some stories pale in comparison to others.


    5. I ve always associated the word Nocturne with sadness, sublime sadness, deeply felt sadness, but sadness, none the less.I think that Kazuo Ishiguro may share this feeling, even though, given that the term Nocturne when it started out simply meant a piece of music in several movements played by an ensemble at an evening party and that several of these stories revolve around ensembles playing music in the evenings, he may intend a simpler meaning But I don t think so A character in one of the stor [...]


    6. Wow That first short story was fantastic Too bad the rest of this story cycle collection of five didn t maintain that same high standard in my first foray in reading Kazuo Ishiguro s work In case you re interested, here is s synopsis of each story Crooner Set in Venice, a fading American singer co opts a Polish cafe musician into accompanying him while he serenades his wife whose relationship is disintegrating from a gondola Come Rain or Come Shine In London, an expatriate EFL teacher is invited [...]


    7. I think if you look at my ratings on you ll see that I m much sympathetic to short story collections A good short story collection often shows an author s commitment to craft You can see how much care the author takes with every word, you can get a sense of his or her range when dealing with subject matter and characters You can get a sense of how their style carries from one kind of story to another.There is another reason there is very little money in short stories, even for established write [...]



    8. Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, Kazuo Ishiguro Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall is a 2009 collection of short fiction by Kazuo Ishiguro After six novels, it is Ishiguro first collection of short stories, though described by the publisher as a story cycle As the subtitle suggests, each of the five stories focuses on music and musicians, and the close of day The hardback was published by Faber and Faber in the United Kingdom on 7 May 2009 and in the United States by Kno [...]


    9. This was the first I read by Kazuo Ishiguro and I remember thinking how did this guy win a Booker but then I read The Remains of the Day immediately thereafter, which I loved But I found this collection of short stories very weak there s a couple of good scenes and clever ideas but by and large it s readable but really quite ordinary My main gripe would be that all the stories are too similar As well as the motifs of music and nightfall flagged by the title, there s several common themes yearnin [...]


    10. 2017 Nobel Edebiyat d l sahibi Kazuo Ishiguro nun Yap Kredi Yay nlar ndan kan, Zeynep Erkut un evirdi i, yazar n en nemli kitaplar ndan Nokt rnler M zi e ve G nbat m na Dair yk ler ad ndan da anla laca zere ger ek zamanl , sokak m zisyenlerine, onlar n d nyas na dair samimi be yk bar nd r yor Kitaba ismini veren Nokt rnler ve A k ark c s yk lerini zellikle be endim Uslubu ve kelime, c mle se imleri son derece ayl n bu bir anlamda anlat y ger ekten hikayeyi anlatan ki iden dinliyormu etkisi, ger [...]


    11. Let s start with the obvious, I love this guy s writing I mean, he could write a book about the problems associated with the Estonian public transport system as a legacy of Soviet era planning and I think it is just possible I would still be utterly enthralled I m saying this because it is pretty important you understand that this isn t really going to be an objective review whatever that might mean.This one was nothing like any of the other books of his I have read That might seem fairly obviou [...]


    12. I quite enjoyed this small selection of stories I d read a lot of bad reviews for this collection but I really can t fault it that much Of course this isn t Carver or Shirley Jackson but I think all of these stories are perfectly good If you enjoy slow, atmospheric stories in which nothing much happens then you ll like this collection.


    13. A beautiful collection of short stories that have whetted my appetite for reading of Kazuo Ishiguro s writing in 2018 I found the writing to be quietly melancholic, disarmingly beautiful and perfectly bittersweet I loved how in many of the stories the concepts of what both falling in love and staying in love truly meant were explored My favourite story was Crooner but I very much enjoyed them all and was moved by each in different ways As music is so integral to these stories, instead of writin [...]


    14. I m drunk Not going to try and pretend like I m not If you d like to be drunk, too, I suggest buying a six pack of NOT YOUR FATHER S ROOT BEER Cheers.On to the review.I was impressed two times out of five with this collection The first and third stories are damn good Good enough that I want to try one of this guy s novels The first story, Crooner , was, by far, my favorite Ishiguro put me in Venice, and I enjoyed my trip The third story, Malvern Hills , was another exceptional piece If joy and s [...]


    15. An exquisite collection of five short stories that deals with complex issues such as the passage of time, lost dreams, second chances and unpredictable encounters Always with the presence of music, night and potential romance.Like a good symphony, every story is like a movement, which seems independent but which is in fact part of a greater whole Apparently simple melodies that actually hide sad, haunting stories of lonely and dissatisfied people and the opportunities life gives them to redeem t [...]


    16. I m not a big fan of short stories, but read these because after the emotion and length of Perdido Street Station, I wanted a total change, and I d been meaning to try another Ishiguro I enjoyed Remains of the Day in my twenties, but recently, gave Never Let me Go only 2 They were certainly a contrast, and they were perfectly competent, and had a connecting theme music , but That is all I won t be rushing to read any Ishiguro.2.5 rounded down to 2 , because Ishiguro is supposed to be better th [...]


    17. It is unseasonably warm for a February Saturday in Pittsburgh I am on the fifth and final story in Ishiguro s Nocturnes, trying to understand what it all means Some music would be appropriate to go with this book, subtitled Five Stories of Music and Nightfall This is what we will hear tonight, I say, as the first barely audible notes of Sebelius Violin Concerto fill the room like a Scandinavian wind I got some blood oranges for a salad Would you like one No, thank you, picking up the book, stret [...]




    18. Nokt rnler, Ishiguro nun tek yk kitab Ama umar m zamanla yeni yk lerini de okuruz, ben kitab ok be endim Ishiguro esasen bir romanc ve romanc l nda giderek daha mu lak s n rlarda dola yor Hatta ona bir bilin alt gezgini desem, san r m yanl bir tan mlama yapm olmam Bu sebeple hik yelerini de bu tarzda bekliyordum, ama daha basit, Ishiguro nun biraz daha klasik tarzda kalem oynatt hik yeler bulunca a rd m Ishiguro eskiden m zisyen olmak istiyormu Orhan Pamuk un resme, ressaml a d n p dola p de inm [...]


    19. How can a person write in such a relaxed way and yet generate such tension in his stories I don t mean tension because of action and intrigue, but tension because of emotions and relationships This is a collection of five short stories and they are told with masterful ease and yet they subliminally build tension, especially Come Rain and Come Shine I had to read some of this quite quickly because I couldn t bear the tension between the characters I guess Ishiguro is sort of the master of underst [...]



    20. This is an interesting collection of stories all narrated by the same young male musician Each of the stories is set in a different location and features rather quirky people in awkward short term relationships The stories very effectively portray the kind of insecure and stumbling interchanges which sometimes occur between people who don t know each other very well This style of writing is new for me, and I found it sad, amusing, and realistic The endings of the stories are mini cliff hangers T [...]


    21. Ishiguro is liquid Can I say it like that There is not a single thing in these stories where his writing isn t compatible with how a great beginning or the end of a story should look like Or how a story should interestingly develop and how characters should be engaging and how These nocturnes are almost perfect, and yet, they are somehow not As if they need that jump from the springboard to make a perfect somersault and maybe end it with some surprisingly unexpected flip or something I am way in [...]


    22. Five relatively short stories, with music as binding theme, or at least at first glance Because if you process them all, then it appears Ishiguro rather focussed on how people get stuck in the past and by an impression they once had of someone, years later they still draw totally wrong conclusions In each of the stories it s the story telling narrator that notices this and has to cope with it, powerless Not all stories are successful for me especially the first story, The Crooner, excelled pure [...]



    23. I love Ishiguro so be prepared for some gushing This book was a departure for Ish The day I got the book I sat down and told myself I d read the first story It was short and entertaining so I began the second story I read a few pages and found myself chuckling and thinking I must be misunderstanding Ishiguro is usually so lush and evocative He makes me think and feel new things or at least feel them and think them with a new depth and understanding After a few pages I was falling off my chair w [...]


    24. A very fine collection of five short stories, all revolving around music and, as in all of Kazuo Ishiguro s books, loneliness As always, he is a master of restraint, which does not diminish the pathos of the stories, on the contrary In each of those stories, something gets unraveled for each of the characters who collide with each other during that particular moment in their lives and of course all this happens to music, for music, because of music.This is all tremendously lyrical albeit in a ve [...]


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